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Labour Leadership Election

Labour leadership election

 The Labour leadership election voting period is now open. TSSA nominated Keir Starmer for leader and Angela Rayner for deputy. If you are a Labour Party member, an affiliated supporter, or a registered supporter you are eligible to vote in the election. Please use your vote! 
TSSA is urging all eligible members to vote as follows:
First Preference: Keir Starmer
Second Preference: Rebecca Long-Bailey
Deputy Leader
First Preference: Angela Rayner
Second Preference: Rosena Allin-Khan
Scottish Deputy Leader (members in Scotland only)
Matt Kerr 
No second choice
NEC BAME seat  
Navendu Mishra
No second choice
Ballots opened on Monday 24th February, close on 2nd April and the results will be announced on 4th April. You are likely to receive your ballot by email, but if the party does not hold an email address for you then your ballot paper will come by post.
Full information on the election, candidates and procedures is available from the Labour Party website
Statements from the candidates shortlisted by the TSSA are available below. Not in the political fund? Join today and take part in future elections. 
Information on the Scottish Deputy Leader election is available from the Scottish Labour website. Ballots in this election opened on 21st February and close on 2nd April. Results will be announced on 4th April. 

Supporting statements

Leadership candidates


Rebecca Long-Bailey

It’s a privilege to be one of the candidates put forward for support by the TSSA Executive. I am a longstanding trade unionist and still sit on Unite’s North West Regional Political Committee. My politics come from my own family’s involvement in the trade union movement and from listening to my dad, a trade union rep, talk about pay disputes, closures and redundancies during the 1980s. My socialism is rooted in this experience and a sense of injustice for those who were left behind as a result of de-industrialisation.
The election defeat in December was devastating for all of us who believe in a better future for our country. We need to listen and be honest about why we lost and start the serious long-term work to rebuild now. For many voters, the election was about trust. We lost trust over antisemitism; over a lack of unity in the party; because we failed to tell a convincing story about what we would do in government; and on Brexit, however people voted – Leave or Remain – we lost trust and we lost votes on all sides.
But for all we got wrong, it is crucial that we remember that many of our policies – such as the Green New Deal and public ownership of and investment in rail – were both popular and necessary to tackle climate change, to invest in our public services and to promote decent unionised jobs across the country.
A central part of our platform in the future must be this promise to build a democratic, green, socialist economy. And alongside public ownership of services, this means repealing anti-union laws and a programme of strong collective bargaining and trade union rights. With the government now seeking to limit TSSA members’ ability to take industrial action even further, I pledge that if I’m elected Labour leader we will fight this every step of the way.
It is crucial that we invest in rail – with HS2, the electrification and upgrade of the rest of the network and by cutting fares to grow passenger numbers. I want to see a fully integrated public transport network linking up rail and bus services in the future.
We have to listen to and work hand-in-hand with trade unions like TSSA if we are going to win again. If I become leader, this is exactly what I would be committed to: a society in which trade unions and workers have a voice and real power.

Keir Starmer

I’m standing to be leader of the Labour Party because I believe I can help unite our movement, take on the Tories and build a better future.
When we are united, we can achieve anything.
We need to start winning elections again, but we won’t do that by abandoning our values or the radicalism we have rediscovered in the last four years.
We are an anti-austerity party. We want to build a more peaceful world. We must hardwire the Green New Deal into every part of our politics. We need to protect rights in the workplace and invest in transport infrastructure. We must continue to be the party of common ownership.
The case for bringing the railways back into public ownership is unarguable and I will continue to make it if elected Labour Leader. I will also always argue for safe staffing levels on our railways and for protecting passenger safety. But losing the election in December means that 7 rail franchises will be re-tendered before the next election. If we fail to win again, all but two franchises will be given to private companies by the end of the decade. Public ownership of our railways will be lost for a generation if we don’t win next time – there a few better examples than this that when Labour loses, working people lose.
We know that the free market economic model has failed. We now have to build an economy that reduces inequality and protects working people. Under my leadership, I will also ensure that trade unions are seen as partners in creating this policy and moulding the direction of our party.
Of course, removing the pernicious Trade Union Act will be central, but more broadly, there are some fundamental principles that will guide how we approach policy together to tackle the challenges workers will face in the next decade.
These are principles that have been fundamental to our movement since its inception – those of safety and dignity at work, secure employment, freedom from discrimination, a real liveable wage, equal pay for equal work, the right to leisure and paid holiday and of course, the right to join a trade union.
With your help, I believe we can put forward that radical, relevant agenda and win again.
Another future is possible

Deputy leader candidates

Rosena Allin-Khan

Growing with a single mum up under Thatcher’s Government was hard – I was constantly told that there was a ceiling on what I could achieve. A Labour Government changed my fortunes and enabled me to become an A&E Doctor where I still do shifts in my local hospital.
I’m standing for Deputy because I want us to lead from the grassroots. Like you, I know what it’s like to face verbal abuse on the frontline – which is why I’ll always fight for more station staff and better protections. My mum is Polish, and I know the hate she has faced since Brexit – which is why I led calls for us to reject Brexit in all forms. 
We need our railways to be run by the state, not dictated to by a profit and loss chart of shareholders – which is why I support full nationalisation of our rail network.
I’m not the most well-known candidate in this race, but I am the most determined. The TSSA has a proud history of backing underdogs who win. As someone who has been proud to work with Sadiq and Jeremy, I’m asking you to lend me your support, because I won’t let you down.

Angela Rayner

I’m standing to be the next Deputy Leader of the Labour Party because I want to offer a socialism that’s rooted in real people’s lives. But we can only do that if we unite as a Party, and as a movement, so that we can hold the Tory government to account and challenge Boris Johnson’s brutal programme of austerity, rampant privatisation of public services and dismantling of workers’ rights. 
As a trade union organiser for most of my life, I know this won't be done through top-down structures, but via a collective socialism that will strengthen our movement and enable us to support the most vulnerable in society.  
If we don’t rethink and renew our purpose, reverse the long-term trends that have led to us losing four successive General Elections, and convince people to join us on that journey, we’ll become irrelevant. 
That means learning the hard lessons of those defeats, listening to our movement, and reconnecting with the public to win back power. 
But also listening to those that help us to shape progressive policy, like the TSSA, which has lead the way in changing the debate on public transport in our party and in the country. Because of TSSA’s work, public ownership of our rail and transport system is seen as common sense. I’ll defend those policies and work with you to build on them.
And, as we begin the long fight back, I’ll be campaigning alongside you every step of the way and will not rest until we’ve elected a Labour government that will deliver the meaningful change to people’s lives they so desperately need.

Scottish Labour Deputy Leadership

Matt Kerr

As an active trades unionist for over 20 years in the CWU, both during and after my time as a postal worker, I understand the central role unions must play in the life of the Labour Party, their political arm. I also understand only too well what happens when key public services are left to the private sector. As a parliamentary candiate in 2017 and 2019 I was proud to stand on a platform advocating public ownership of rail and mail, and I have led efforts at Glasgow City Council over recent years to bring our buses back into public ownership. 
While our defeat in December hurt, these policies must stand - I will continue to fight every day to ensure the privateer rip-off of our public services is brought to an end. 
As a postal worker, councillor and former parliamentary candidate I recognise that politics doesn't just happen in political chambers, it happens in every community and workplace. For too long power in Scottish Labour has been centralised in the bubbles of Westminster and Holyrood groups. The work of Labour councillors in transforming their communities has not been recognised, nor have the talents of party members, activists and trade unionists. If our party is to have a future we must become the party of grassroots community activism once more, not the party of leaks and briefings against one another. We must recognise the talent that exists in every strand of our movement and promote a new generation of political leaders to rebuild voters' trust in Labour. 
We need a new approach and new answers fit for the new decade. 
It's time to move forward - diverse in ideas and united in ideals, confident in our case and in our cause. I will work every day to deliver this as Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour. 

NEC BAME Seat - TSSA is supporting Nav Mishra as BAME Representaive on Labour's National Executive Committee

Key dates
The Labour leadership, deputy leadership, and Scottish deputy leadership ballots are open now.
The ballots closes at 12 noon on Thursday 2 April.
Results announced on Saturday 4 April.